I have a post up at Jezebel today about Men Who Trust Women, which I’ve been working on for a few weeks now:
If you were entirely unfamiliar with the American political conversation around women’s reproductive health, if February and March 2012 were your first exposure to that conversation, you could be forgiven for thinking that no such men exist. You could be forgiven for concluding, after watching CSPAN and the news, that all men are in favor of restrictions on birth control and abortion access. After surveying the political landscape and taking note of who was saying what about women’s reproductive rights in America, it would not be unreasonable to conclude that “pro-choice man” is a contradiction in terms. Because with the exception of a very few men — bless you, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, and Garry Trudeau — there are barely any men speaking out in favor of a woman’s right to choose.
But it’s not a contradiction in terms. Those men do exist. And last month, I decided to create a space where they could make themselves heard.
Men Who Trust Women is a tumblr where men who believe that bodily autonomy is every woman’s right can share their stories. It’s not about speaking instead of women, or on behalf of women, but alongside them and in support of them.